Although previous research on the activity of resveratrol in the human body which called into question its potential benefit to the health of people , the new findings show that resveratrol is converted in the body to its active form , which can be used if cells .

These new findings , published last October 2 , in the journal Science Translational Medicine, reinforces the idea that resveratrol may have health benefits .

Some investigations have found that resveratrol can activate a chemical pathway in cells related to slower aging and other studies have linked to cardiovascular benefits anticancer effects.

To see how the body uses resveratrol, the researchers fed mice with resveratrol sulfate , which is the modified form thereof . Then measured levels of pure resveratrol in plasma of mice and other tissues.

The researchers found that mouse cells containing resveratrol , the form of the compound . Is that once inside the cells , an enzyme removes the sulfate group of the compound , allowing the original chemical can be used by the cells.

That suggests that resveratrol may be biologically active when the body becomes resveratrol sulfate .

In another experiment, the researchers demonstrated that resveratrol sulfate could be converted back to the resveratrol in the human intestinal cancer cells and slowed the growth and division of cells.

Further research should determine whether resveratrol has health benefits and under what conditions does it, but these new findings should remove the brake further research.

In addition , several companies are working to create forms of resveratrol that is not metabolized as quickly resveratrol sulfate . But that may not be necessary or beneficial, if the body can process resveratrol in its original form .

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